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CD / DVD Releases – Week of Oct. 14
This week's major releases are as varied as they get. On one hand you have a famed interpreter of a renowned classic finally getting a home video release. There is also a recent world premiere getting its first commercial release. To top it all off, an iconic artist records his first album in half a decade. Let's take a look. Madama Butterfly Ermonela Jaho brings her acclaimed interpretation of Cio-Cio…
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Yonghoon Lee To Sing in Oct. 15 Performance of ‘Aida’ At Metropolitan Opera
Yonghoon Lee is set to replace Aleksandrs Antonenko in tonight’s performance of “Aida,” per the Metropolitan Opera’s official Twitter account. “Yonghoon Lee will sing Radamès in tonight's performance of Verdi's Aida, replacing Aleksandrs Antonenko, who is ill #CastChange,” stated the tweet. This is Lee’s first performance of the role at the Met and he is set to take over the entire run of the opera in January alongside Sondra Radvanovsky. Antonenko…
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Met Opera Dedicates ‘Aida’ Performance to Montserrat Caballé
The Metropolitan Opera will be dedicating the Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 performance of Verdi’s “Aida” to the late soprano Montserrat Caballé. The soprano passed away on Oct. 6, 2018, at the age of 85. “Tonight’s performance of Verdi’s ‘Aida’ will be dedicated to late soprano Montserrat Caballé, who thrilled Met audiences in nearly 100 performances of 15 roles,” says the tweet. Caballé made her Met debut on Dec. 22, 1965,…
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Tenor Bryan Hymel To Take on Major Staff Position At AVA
Tenor Bryan Hymel is joining the Academy of Vocal Arts Staff as the Vice President. The tenor is part of AVA’s class of 2008. Per a press release, the tenor will be helping on a national and international level, helping the institution secure donations outside the greater Philadelphia area as well as help recruit young artists to AVA. He will also be tasked with recruiting teachers, stage directors, and conductors…
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Sondra Radvanovsky’s Program For ‘Bel Canto To Verismo’ Recital Revealed
Superstar Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky will appear in recital in Toronto this November 24, 2018. The famed singer will perform “From Bel Canto to Verismo,” alongside pianist Anthony Manoli at the Koerner Hall at 8 p.m. Per a press release, the performance will feature arias from Caccini, Gluck, Verdi, Rossini, Puccini, and Donizetti. Among the selections will be arias from “Manon Lescaut,” “Roberto Devereux,” “Il Corsaro,” and the sleepwalking scene from…
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Wexford Festival Announces New Leadership
The Wexford Festival has announced that Dr. Mary Kelly has been elected as the incoming Chairperson for the festival and will take over the position starting on Jan. 1, 2019. Kelly will succeed the current Chairman, Mr. Ger Lawlor, whose term comes to an end at the close of 2018. Kelly has served on the board of the Wexford Festival Trust since 2017 as well as Director Generation Environmental Protection…
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OperaVision 2018-19 Live Stream Preview: Watch John Turturro’s ‘Rigoletto’ From Palermo
Verdi’s “Rigoletto” will be live stream from the Teatro Massimo Palermo on Oct. 19, 2018. The famed repertory classic will feature George Petean in his signature role alongside Maria Grazia Schiavo as Gilda and Giorgio Berrugi as the Duke of Mantua. The opera will also feature Luca Tittoto, Martina Belli, and Carlotta Vichi, among others. Stefano Ranzani conducts while John Turturro directs. The stream kicks off at 6:30 p.m. local…
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Artist Of The Week: Maria Guleghina
Over the past 30 years, Maria Guleghina has been one of the most sought-after sopranos of her generation. Her dramatic skills and her immense voice have captivated audiences around the world as she brought them some of the most memorable interpretations. Her Abigaille in “Nabucco” and Lady Macbeth in “Macbeth” are legendary, while her Turandot was a revelation when she first took on the role in 2008. Now years after…
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Rolando Villazón To Release New Album In November
Rolando Villazón is set to release a new album in coming months. But he’s not telling anyone about it. The tenor made the revelation via Twitter in a secretive fashion. “Psst.....don’t tell anyone: I just recorded a new album and it’s coming out in November! Take a guess what it’s about, and I will share a hint with you a little later,” he tweeted. Villazón is busy these days as a…
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Metropolitan Opera 2018-19 Preview: What Is ‘Marnie’ & What Do We Know About Nico Muhly’s Newest Opera?
This Friday, Oct. 19, the Metropolitan Opera hosts the North American premiere of Nico Muhly and Nicholas Wright’s “Marnie.” This will be the 108th time that the Metropolitan Opera gives the United States premiere of an opera, dating all the way back to 1883 when “La Gioconda” was the first to hold such a stature for the company. Some of the other surprising works on that list include “Orfeo ed…